How to apply through clearing

Start your journey into higher education with our handy step-by-step guide. 

Clearing matches students with no offers to places on university courses that haven't been filled. It is a great option for undergraduate applicants that decide to change course after receiving their results or didn't achieve the conditions for their firm and insurance choice on UCAS. Clearing runs from July to October every year, enabling students to find a course that’s right for them.

You can go through clearing if:

  • You have a UCAS undergraduate application with no offers
  • Your exam results have been published
  • You apply within the clearing dates for 2022 entry.

If you want to apply to uni clearing, but are not entirely sure about the process. Here is our handy step-by-step guide so you know what to expect.

1. Choose your course from our clearing vacancies

Firstly, find your perfect course from our wide range of qualifications covering subject areas including:  

All Clearing vacancies are listed on the UCAS search tool and our Clearing page from July. You can also contact us directly on our dedicated clearing line at 0161 674 7777 to discuss the courses we offer.

2. Contact the dedicated clearing hotline

You can only apply for one course at a time through clearing so you should take the time to find out if it’s right for you before applying.

Once you’ve chosen your preferred course, call our dedicated clearing hotline 0161 674 7777 and speak to one of our friendly team members. Be sure to have details of any qualifications you’ve gained or are currently studying for, such as GCSEs, A-Levels, T Levels and BTECs, and the reasons why you want to study on that particular course. (For Access to Higher Education, Professional, Teacher Education and Construction courses call 03333 222 777 instead).

This will help you understand if the course is right for you and if you’re likely to be accepted through clearing. 

3. Select your clearing choice through UCAS

Log in to UCAS Track to get your unique clearing number and select us as your clearing choice. If we make you an offer, you will need to use UCAS Track to accept.

Apply for clearing directly through UCEN Manchester

If you’ve not made any applications through UCAS and aren’t planning to apply to any other university you can contact us directly and we’ll support you in filling out a direct application instead.

4. Quickly prepare for the course interview

Even when applying through clearing we might ask you to make time for an interview or audition if we can’t do it over the phone, but we’ll give you all the information you need for this so that you’re ready.

5. Confirm your clearing choice and accept the conditions

We’ll send you a confirmation email including any further conditions of your offer and details on how to enrol. 

Congratulations, you’re good to go! We can’t wait to welcome you to UCEN Manchester in September.


Frequently asked questions about clearing

What things should I consider about clearing?

  • Talk to your careers advisers at your school or college to discuss your options
  • You can apply through clearing any time after clearing opens, however, we won’t be able to confirm your place until you have your exam results. 
  • Keep our dedicated clearing hotline 0161 674 7777 to hand
  • Be prepared, keep calm, you’ve got this!

Can you go through uni clearing if you have an offer? 

Yes, it is possible to go through clearing even if you already have a university offer. Typically, clearing is used by those who don’t have an offer, however, there are a few scenarios in which you might go through Clearing with an existing offer: 

  • You changed your mind.
  • Missed grades.
  • Your circumstances have changed.

Do you want to apply to UCEN Manchester through clearing? 

Check out our clearing page and get in touch.